Tuchel sounds alarm bells after Chelsea fall to 4-0 defeat to Arsenal
Having lost on penalties to Charlotte FC in their previous pre-season game, the Blues were condemned to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Arsenal this morning (SGT), as Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and even Albert Sambi Lokonga were all able to put one past the hapless Chelsea defence.
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While it was only a pre-season friendly, Tuchel was far from pleased with the meek manner in which Chelsea lost the game, with the German coach making it a point to highlight that they had been well beaten by a team that “does not play in the Champions League”.
“I think we deserved to lose - which is fair enough - because we were simply not good enough,” Tuchel raged. “We were absolutely not competitive. The worrying part is the level of commitment, physically and mentally, for this match was not the same, it was far higher for Arsenal than us.
“We can argue they played with I think their strongest line-up; they've had now together several weeks and for more than one year. They've strengthened their line-up, played the same structure, and this is the line-up they'll try to start Premier League games.
“It was not our strongest line-up and this is part of an explanation, but only a little part. The other part is worrying. We got, like, absolutely beaten by a team that does not play Champions League next season, that is behind us. And it seems at the moment far ahead of us.”
With both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving the club this summer, Chelsea are publicly chasing the signature of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who will add some much needed sprightliness and youth to their backline, which currently has a combined age of over 100.
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Chelsea, however, face stiff competition for Kounde’s signature from – you guessed it – Barcelona, whose transfer strategy this season seems to be to try and sign every player that the Stamford Bridge outfit are linked with, using money loaned from the Bank of Imagination Land.
When asked if Chelsea were close to a deal for Kounde, a visibly irritable Tuchel replied: “There is no update, no update. The analysing of the season does not change because of this game.
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“Unfortunately, it proved my point and the last week proves my point. I would prefer to not be right and I did everything to prove myself wrong, but at the moment I feel I was right when I look at the last season and at the parts of the game where we struggled and how we struggled.
“We got sanctioned and players left us, we know that some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is. We had an urgent appeal for quality players and a huge amount of quality players. We've got two quality players - that is no doubt - but we are not competitive like this and unfortunately, we could see it today.”